Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Staying On Track During Vacation

Vacation. It is a time to relax. It is a time to take a break from all the pressures we place on ourselves. A time to let go. Well, not completely, right?

I can only speak for myself, but after a day of eating and drinking freely AND not getting any exercise, I feel yucky. That sluggish feeling is not one I enjoy, especially at the beach. I want to feel healthy and full of energy. I want to feel as healthy on the inside as the wonderful sun has made me look on the outside. Therefore I focus on not diverting too far off the regular path of eating well and exercising while on vacation.

Here are some suggestions for a healthy beach trip.

TIPS FOR HEALTHY BEACHIN'
  • Drink LOTS of Water: Always have a bottle with you. When you want to grab a diet soda, make yourself drink 8 ounces of water first.
  • Get Moving in the Morning: Early morning walks/runs on the beach are the best! Get up and hit the sand. Just think, the sand will up the intensity of your workout ( you're gonna burn more calories)!
  • Eat Lunch & Snack: Schedules are a little off at the beach. It's vaca...they should be. But forgetting to each something around lunch time could set you up for overindulging at dinner. Keep those lunches and snacks packed with lean proteins, fruits, veggies and whole grains.
  • Grilled & Steamed: We like to eat out a lot at the beach. This could be very dangerous from a nutrition standpoint. Look for grilled & steamed items; being cautious of heavy creams and stuffed items.
  • Lean Libations: Alcohol can really bring on the calories. Those fruity cocktails are very tempting. Treat yourself to a frozen-fruity treat at least once (I had a Melon Colada. Amazing!). But don't make it a regular thing. Stick to vodka tonics, light beer and wine. 100 calories a drink is better than 350!
  • Beach Activities: Bring games to the beach. Paddle ball, a football to throw or bocce ball. These games are fun and will keep you on your feet.
Vacation is a time to relax and take a break from the daily grind. But I personally don't think it is a free pass to eat whatever you want and forget about exercising. I want to come back from vacation feeling full of energy and ready to go. I don't want to feel like I need to start a diet. That's just me.

2 comments:

  1. Love these tips! I'm the same way about "taking a break"...it makes me feel so gross that I don't want to. I have rest days, of course, but most of the time, I always make sure to eat a little cleaner those days as a result, just to ward off that feeling.

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  2. i completely agree with you. I love to vacation and have fun and eat different foods but not bad foods. i like to feel good about myself while i am there and when I get back. Great tips !

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